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Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:17 PM

I Have to Repair My Washing Machine - Yaay!

Lucky me!

Water fills just fine and doesn't leak. The spin cycle goes with no problem. It just won't agitate. It hums very loudly instead.

So, according to the sites I googled, it needs a V-Style drive belt and somebody to change it. The sites also said that it has to be changed every 2 - 3 years, depending on how much washing you do. My washer is about 9 years old, so I got away with it for longer than most.

I'm not scared. I installed my dishwasher and put in new faucets (hubby is claustrophobic and his shoulders are too big to fit under the sink). I've been putting together furniture since before Ikea was a thing. Coworkers check with me before calling IT to fix a printer jam. So I can do this.

Has anyone else done this kind of thing? Any horror stories, tips. or things to watch out for?

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Reply I Have to Repair My Washing Machine - Yaay! (Original post)
Leith Dec 2017 OP
rzemanfl Dec 2017 #1
CentralMass Dec 2017 #2
Donkees Dec 2017 #3
Leith Dec 2017 #6
Donkees Dec 2017 #7
jodymarie aimee Dec 2017 #4
CentralMass Dec 2017 #5
jodymarie aimee Dec 2017 #10
Skittles Dec 2017 #11
jodymarie aimee Dec 2017 #13
Skittles Dec 2017 #14
ret5hd Dec 2017 #9
MLAA Dec 2017 #8
spiderpig Dec 2017 #12

Response to Leith (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:34 PM

1. Look for model specific videos on the Internet. Some of the parts places have good ones.

I am not at all mechanical but have had some success repairing appliances that just needed a part.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:40 PM

2. I bought a Sears Heavy Duty Washing Machine IN 1987.

It moved with us to the house we bought in 1989 and sold with that house in 2016. We raised 3 daughter and washed many loads and it never required servicing. I dropped a bottle of detergent on the selector knob and broke it. When i picked up the replacement at Sears Parts the new knob was all metal instead of plastic.

I guess they do 't build the like that anymore.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:41 PM

3. Video: General Electric Washer Repair How to replace the V-Style Drive Belt :)



Need help replacing the V-Style Drive Belt (Part #WH1X2026 ) in your GE Washer? Watch this how to video with simple, step-by-step instructions for a successful DIY repair.

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Response to Donkees (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:58 PM

6. Thanks for the Video

It doesn't look hard at all. I wasn't completely clear on the back bolts, but I will look at a couple other videos and understand what he was talking about when I'm actually doing it.

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Response to Leith (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 05:13 PM

7. I'm guessing that loosening the two back bolts allows the motor part to 'slide' forwards-backwards,

so that the belt can be more easily 'slipped off' the pulley (?)

Yes, looking at more videos would help

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:41 PM

4. Be glad you own one

 

the HUD bldg. I live in has no apt. washer/dryer or bathtubs.....how is this DU fodder?

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 05:57 PM

10. we live in less than 300 sq ft.

 

no room, can't even turn around in here.....and they are not allowed. thanks anyway....

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 05:59 PM

11. if I may ask

where do you do your laundry?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 06:47 PM

13. In my sink daily...

 

for sheets and towels...there is a laundry room on the 6th floor..coin machines. 2 washers/2dryers.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Reply #13)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 06:48 PM

14. wow

that is not right

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 05:22 PM

9. I think we should elect you Lounge Monitor.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 05:17 PM

8. Good luck! And you go girl!

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 06:20 PM

12. Don't you hate it when that happens?

My parents had the same Kenmore washer for over 30 years. Now, due to planned obsolescence, the life expectancy is 7 years.

One of the pure joys of my adulthood was moving into my own condo with its own little laundry area. I didn't have to scrounge quarters anymore for the apartment machines.

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